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Governor allocates $210 million of $1.25 billion in CARES Act funding in Wyoming so far

Governor Mark Gordon takes off his mask at a June 8, 2020 Media Briefing (courtesy of Wyoming PBS YouTube)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s Office said on Thursday, July 9 that Gordon has so far allocated $210 million of $1.25 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding received by Wyoming.

“It is all hands on deck time. We are working diligently to get CARES dollars directly to those who need it the most– the people, businesses and charitable organizations of Wyoming,” Gordon said in the release.

The Wyoming Legislature held a special session during the spring to craft legislation to guide how the $1.25 billion could be used.

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Gordon’s office said the state has so far distributed funding as follows:

  • $100 million to fund the Wyoming Business Council’s Business Interruption Stipend Program
  • $30 million to expand the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity and assist counties with contact tracing efforts
  • $15 million to establish an eviction prevention program administered by the Wyoming Community Development Authority
  • $25 million to reimburse local governments for COVID-19 related expenses
  • $26 million to the University of Wyoming for its reopening plan
  • $7 million to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for businesses and state government
  • $7 million to the courts for the safe operation of the judicial system 

“The Governor expects another $100 million to go out soon to support Wyoming schools and their reopening, expand the business relief program, keep unemployment costs down, support community colleges in their reopening, and further expand the state’s testing capacity,” the release adds.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.